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Perfect Plank Floors

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Home Bunch

Ask ten people and they’ll all have very different dreams for their home; mine is to have one type of flooring throughout. The hope is that one day the laminate flooring, tile, and wall to wall carpeting will all be replaced with one single cohesive material, preferably wide plank flooring. Entryway, living room, kitchen, and beyond – as far as the eye can see!

sara medina lind

Some of you are lucky enough to have it just lying in whatever is currently covering your floors, but I have a subfloor made of 3-inch wide wood that has most definitely seen better days in its 117+ years. If the wood were wider I might just whitewash and call it a day. The looks lends itself particularly well to Scandinavian and farmhouse aesthetics.

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Conversely, this dark wood is a real showstopper. The kind of flooring that welcomes dings and variations because they somehow manage to give it even more character. I love the all white shiplap, built-ins, and doors that welcome all of those lovely tones in each individual plank.

Hull Forest Products

Or perhaps you’d like the best of both worlds? This plank floor is perfection, and I really like how easy it would be to incorporate other wood in the room with all of those striations. Those walnut counter stools do a great job of pulling out some of the darker bits, but overall that floor is the superstar of the entire kitchen’s design.

Sloan Architects

Plank flooring – actually real wood flooring of all types – can get pricey fast. Thankfully there are laminates and tile flooring that looks as much like wood as the actual thing! I suspect this is the route I’ll be going should my dream ever approach reality. Of course, with all of those bare floors you’re probably going to want some accent rugs to call attention to certain gathering areas.

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Back to School Organizing Tips for A Happy, Healthy Year

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Babyccino

The back to school season is exciting…and, let’s face it, frantic. But with a little extra organization in key areas of the home, and a few tweaks to your family’s daily routine, you can make the transition with ease. Read on for my favorite ways to get organized for a happy, healthy school year.

Back to School
Parents Magazine

A happy, healthy school year begins with some smart preparation, so set aside some time over the weekend to get a few key areas of the home in order:

- Help your child choose outfits in advance for the first week or two of school, and stow them in an easily accessible spot.

- Set up a “command center” near the front door with a clock, family calendar, paper organizer, and drop zone for backpacks and other belongings.

- Avoid the frantic morning rush by stocking the kitchen or downstairs bathroom with a spare hairbrush and toothbrushing supplies.

- Don’t forget to label backpacks, lunchboxes, water bottles, and sweatshirts with your child’s name!

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Ore Studios

Ease new-school-year jitters with a peaceful morning routine. Roll up a few yoga mats and keep them in a basket near a cleared area or floor to make it easy and tempting to sneak in a few simple yoga poses or a guided meditation. Even five minutes of gentle stretching or deep breathing before the rush of the school day begins is worth it: your child will feel calmer, and you will both feel more connected and ready to face the day. After school, kids are tired and may be feeling overwhelmed from all of the new experiences at school, so try to schedule something fun and relaxing for right after. This is a great time for a trip to the park or sports practice.

Once your child is back at home, aim to get in the routine of putting their backpack in the same spot, emptying out their lunchbox, and looking at any papers they brought home together.

Celebrate the new school year by treating your hardworking entryway to a fresh rug (find four of my favorites below) and bring on fall!

Back-to-School

Rug shopping guide: (Clockwise from top left) Liora Manne Front Porch Birds in beige and brown; Liora Manne Front Porch Owls in night; Martha Stewart Rugs Hand-Tufted Autumn Woods in Francesca Black; Nourison Waverly Greetings Accent Rugs in Red.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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How to Keep Summer Going All Year Long

Jane Beiles

In a blink summer will be over but I’m not ready to say goodbye just yet, are you? So let’s talk about some ways to keep warm weather and vacation vibes around for the rest of the year. This first idea is the one I use most – art and books. A beachy scene hanging on the wall is a vacation for the eyes and a few coffee table books about the ocean or islands can sweep you away whenever the temperature finally starts to drop. Both are also a great jumping off point for other decor.

Henny van Belkom

When you think about the beach there are probably a lot of natural materials aside from water and sand. I’m thinking of materials like wood, rattan, and sisal. Hang a large wicker light fixture with some vintage vibes in the living room or add a dining table with a roughhewn look to it. These materials have the powers to help transport you right back to the shore.

Alyssa Rosenheck

If you’re at all into the tropics, you’re probably also into plenty of foliage. Bring a few large plants into the living room to mimic seaside greenery and add a tropical vibe to your home. If that’s not enough add a few more vining plants, like philodendron, that can be draped as they grow for that jungle-like feel.

Monica Wang

Think about the color palette of vacation – deeply saturated blues and greens with some sandy brown thrown in for good measure. If you’re not ready to pull the trigger and go all out with furniture or freshly painted walls, consider some new accessories or floor rugs to give you that beauty vibe all year long.

Summer Rugs

For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Colorful Modern Rugs for Kids

It seems to be a universal truth that kids love color, and the more, the better! So whether you’re updating your child’s bedroom or play space, or starting a fresh space from scratch, read on for loads of inspiration to create a fresh, colorful, modern room your kiddo (and you) will love.


Petite Interior Co.

Look No. 1: Pastel Brights. In the space shown here, color is playful and bold, with a geometric print rug, wall mural, and mint green bed frame — not to mention the colorful baskets and toys! And yet overall, the room manages to feel fresh and serene. How is this accomplished? In a nutshell, with ample white space. Beginning with a clean palette of white walls and pale or neutral flooring grounds the space and gives all of the fun, colorful pieces some much-needed breathing room. Also, note that while there are a lot of colors present, they are all bright pastels, which work together because they are in the same “family”.


Petite Interior Co.

Look No. 2: Sophisticated Modern. In the next space, shown above, we also see pastels — but this time used as accent pieces, rather than main colors, and more muted in tone. A delicate black and white wallpaper, modern furniture, and gold metallic-trimmed rug pull together to create a space that an older child could happily live with well into the pre-teen years.


Apartment Therapy

Look No.3: Natural Modern. In this room, a tactile felt rug, natural wood furniture, and rainbow artwork work together to create a handcrafted-yet-modern look. If you’re craving a space that is simple and serene, but your child wants color, color, and more color, this could strike just the right balance. The rainbow art and rug are boldly colorful, to be sure, but the slightly muted hues still have a natural look that plays well with organic textiles and modern scandinavian wood furniture.


Apartment Therapy

Look No.4: Bold and Playful. In this Netherlands bedroom, a wild mix of safari-inspired wallpaper, lemon-yellow bed, and zebra-print rug are a fitting match for the playful young gentleman who lives here. Sometimes in decorating a boy’s room, it’s easy to get stuck on too-serious navy and gray, but this space proves that boys can have wildly colorful rooms, too! Once again, notice the ample white space: this time, not only the walls but the floors, too, are painted white. It’s essential to have some breathing room — but the great thing is, once that’s in place, you can really go nuts with color!

Ready to try this at home? I recommend starting with clean white or pale neutral walls, and then beginning to layer in colorful elements within the same color family: choose all pastels; or hits of neon brights; or warm, rich, muted tones. A fabulous rug to anchor the room is a must, so I rounded up 9 of my current top favorites that the kiddos will love, too:

Rug Shopping Guide:

Top row, left to right: Surya Lullaby Waves in sky blue, pink, and purple; Couristan Spectrum Illuminations; Kaleen Lily and Liam in denim

Middle row, left to right: Kate Spade New York Gramercy in off-white and black; Surya Skidaddle Floral Print in lime and sky blue; Couristan Spectrum Fluorescents in beige and red

Bottom row, left to right: Surya Leap Frog Moroccan in purple; Loloi Rugs Lola Shag in plum and white; Loloi Rugs Piper in blue sky

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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